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Address: No.2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
Phone Number: 010-65242202
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Eight huge astronomical instruments are displayed on an elevated platform...
Eight huge astronomical instruments are displayed on an elevated platform at this observatory, which was used during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and is one of the oldest observatories in the world.
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Museum presents a history of Astronomy in China

The museum is easy to reach, being very close to the Jianguomen stop on the metro. There is good signage in Chinese and English explaining the collection of instruments for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
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Sydney
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

The museum is easy to reach, being very close to the Jianguomen stop on the metro. There is good signage in Chinese and English explaining the collection of instruments for measuring astronomical data. The observatory was set up a hundred years before the birth of Galileo so was not concerned with imaging the heavens, but measuring star and planet positions... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I've been by the Ancient Observatory dozens of times, as I usually stay in Beijing at a hotel nearby. The museum itself is small, but interesting, especially for astronomy geeks. There are never many people there, so a good place to go if you're interested and want an uncrowded place to visit.

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Beijing
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Interesting small place. The courtyard and view point are interesting. The exhibition are nice, mostly in Chinese. Nice if you are in the neighberhood

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Langfang, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is an amazing find. It was near my hotel so I decided to check it out and it was well worth it. It is very small but it does not get crowded. I maybe saw four other people while I was there. Plenty of signs in English help you to understand China's role in astronomy. Plus they have some... More 

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waje
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A very quiet and informative corner of a very hectic section of a very large, hectic city. The large platform not only has many old astronomical devices but it commands a panoramic view of the city. There's even a garden below with various devices and statues among the flowers. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I found it relaxing and... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This was one of my favorite stops in Beijing, probably because it was the quietest place I found in the city. Though the ancient tools are maintained, the buildings and displays have not been updated for decades. Still the courtyard and rooftop were like little sanctuaries in the city with a glimpse of both the ancient and more modern past... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Definitely off the beaten path, it was fascinating to see ancient astronomical equipment at the top of this old building near the centre of Beijing. A must-visit for anyone interested in science history or astronomy, or to see something genuinely different. You'll probably spend 45 - 60 minutes here.

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Rio Linda, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Ancient Observatory is a museum showcasing China's development in astronomy. Most of the advances were made as a result of western influence, particularly Jesuit missionary sharing of western technology. However, the Chinese put their own spin on them. This site is very easy to get to since it is only about three blocks from the Beijing Railway station and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

This place is located right next to the Subway Line-2 Jianguomen Station, though you can see the ancient navigation instruments on top of a section of the old Beijing City Wall from far away. It is a small museum and an interesting one. Besides the ancient instruments on display, it also has three exhibition rooms, showing the history and technologies... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

The Ancient Observatory is an absolute gem in the heart of Beijing. If you are looking for an attraction that is different, historical and interesting then I'm sure this will be for you. I don't know why this is has criticized so heavily.

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